The Week Ahead
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Angelides and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) will hold their only debate of the 2006 campaign.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee will begin hearings on the agency's proposed 10-year spending plan. CIRM officials said it is unlikely that a new stem cell treatment will reach the market within the next decade; the proposed spending plan would instead create a stem cell therapy pipeline, and promising treatments would be further developed by other companies.
ICOC hearings continue on the proposed 10-year spending plan for CIRM.
The comment period ends for a proposed regulation that would clarify the criteria for determining reasonable and customary payment for health care providers who deliver services to people enrolled in a health plan that does not contract with the provider. The comment period also ends for a proposed regulation that would ban doctors from billing patients for costs not covered by their managed care insurance plans, a practice known as "balance billing."This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.